Grayling Masters 2017
5 November 2017
Grayling Masters 2017
A friend had been stewarding a rally in the hills the previous night and reported that they had rain, hail, sleet and snow to contend with so it was not totally surprising that the river rose and coloured during the day. The icy water not only lifted the leaves off the bottom but the strong wind later in the day blew more off the trees and banks and sent them skidding across the surface to catch the line. I was there quite literally to make up the numbers as we fish in pairs. Dan had given me the nod the previous day but when someone turned up unexpectedly I was only too pleased to surrender my place.
Into this rosy picture our 26 heroes pulled on their breathables and remarkably caught 84 grayling.
Winner Daniel Hall 8 fish. Travelled from the Isle of Man the previous day and suffering with severely bruised heels he was prepared for
adversity. He won a trophy, a baseball cap sponsored by Fulling Mill, £50 of Funky Fly Tying vouchers and a fantastic, framed print of a
grayling donated by Funky Fly Tying. He also gets his name on the coveted Grayling Masters shield.
Runner up Toby Merigan 8 fish. (Result decided by most fish on one beat tie-break rule.) Won a runner-up trophy, a baseball cap sponsored by Fulling
Mill and £30 of Funky Fly Tying vouchers (ahh sweet irony - he is the boss of Funky Fly Tying !!).
Third Lee Hoard 7 fish. Won a third place trophy and £20 of Funky Fly Tying vouchers
Fourth Hugh Weir 6 fish. Won a baseball cap, a flybox and some indicators sponsored by Fulling Mill
Fifth Hywel Morgan 6 fish. Won a fly box and some indicators also sponsored by Fulling Mill.
Sixth James Rice 6 fish. Won a fly-box and some indicators sponsored by Fulling Mill
Biggest fish James Rice 39 cm. Won £50 of flies sponsored by Barbless-Flies.co.uk. This is a new award in the competition and a great addition as
it maintains interest up to the last cast in the competition. Even if you have had bad luck with the draw and fish coming off, that last cast
might hook a monster grayling.
Terry Evans 6 .
Peter Byers 5 and a 38 cm, Keiron Jenkins 5 .
Phil Price 4 and a 36cm, Dan Graham and Nigel Welburn 4 each.
Simon Barton 3 and a 35cm, Malf Thomas, Scott Wilson and Rhys Wadley 3 each.
Nigel James 2 and a 34cmm and Simon Clark 2.
Neil Matson, Gavin Jehu, Darren Williams and Dale Parsons 1 each.
Jamie Harris, Laurence Kelly, Neil Ashman and Sam Western didn't have any luck.
Our thanks to the very generous sponsors Fulling Mill, Funky Fly Tying and Barbless-Flies.co.uk; to the Groe Park and Irfon Angling Club for reserving the water for us; to Dan Graham for organising such a smooth running event and having the unenviable task of tie-breaking (4 anglers had 6 fish)
and to all the competitors.
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